You are reading

New Synagogue to be Built in Rego Park: City Records

85-94 66th Rd (Google Maps)

Nov. 26, 2019 By Allie Griffin

A rabbi has filed plans to build a new 3-story synagogue on a residential block in Rego Park, according to city records.

The 3-story building will reach 35 feet in height and sit at 85-94 66th Rd., according to the plan filed with the Buildings Department on Nov. 15.

The synagogue will be 5,242 square feet with a 1,580 square-foot apartment on the third floor for a grand total of 6,822 square feet. The building will include a lobby and handicap bathrooms in the cellar. The full first floor will be a worship area and the second floor will house offices, waiting areas and a lecture room.

A one-family home built in 1945 currently sits on the property.

The lot was sold to Rabbi David Akilov for $950,000 in February, according to the Department of Finance. He then transferred it to the “Congregation Ohr Eliyahu Inc” in July.

In April, Akilov began fundraising to build the new synagogue, according to a since removed page.

Reached by phone, Rabbi Akilov confirmed he was planning to build the synagogue, but wouldn’t comment further, stating he had to speak with his accountant first.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 

I hope it’s not another ugly monstrosity. There are plenty of temples in the Rego Park/Forest Hills area. We don’t need another one.

Sara Ross

So the oversized and way too tall houses on Jewel Ave and surrounding blocks comply with DOB codes? If the codes state how much money to bribe building inspectors then it’s up to code.

Mr G

Not the proper place for a house of worship ps I’m Jewish so not against it just not the proper place on a residential street


That’s ridiculous. There are plenty of synagogues on residential streets. So what?
(I’m not Jewish either.)


There are 4 large synagogues on 108 st that are half empty. Why not attend/join one of those rather than building another one? Yes, I am Jewish too.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

MTA providing shuttle from 7 train to traveling Vietnam War Memorial replica in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Sep. 26, 2023 By Bill Parry

The MTA is working with the NYC Department of Veterans’ Affairs to provide shuttle bus service between the Mets-Willets Point 7 train station and Flushing Meadows Corona Park for all those wishing to visit the “The Wall that Heals,” a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that honors the more than three million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam conflict.